Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while receiving a team of Chinese medical experts stated that Pakistan and China stand with each other in challenging times.
FM @SMQureshiPTI, FS Sohail Mahmood & Chairman NDMA along with Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing welcoming #Chinese medical team and relief supplies brought onboard a special flight from #China.
#ChinaPakSolidarity @MFA_China @CathayPak @AmbNaghmanaHash pic.twitter.com/JkqW8n5cxO
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) March 28, 2020
Addressing the Chinese media, Qureshi said Beijing has once again displayed their friendship with Pakistan. “China once again has shown to the world they are friends of Pakistan, they care for us, we stand with each other in difficult times.”
Asia’s richest man Jack Ma’s Foundation and Alibaba Foundation sent another aircraft carrying medical supplies to Pakistan. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan said two tonnes of supplies worth Rs 67 million were delivered to Karachi, including face masks, test kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment.
The special flight also brought a team of eight Chinese doctors on a two-week visit to assess the steps taken by Islamabad to battle the deadly virus.
Xinjiang government also provided 50,000 masks each to the federal capital, as well as to the Sindh government. So far, China has provided 12,000 test kits, 300,000 masks, 10,000 protective suits and US$4m – to build an isolation hospital – to Pakistan.
“I was in China to express my solidarity with the Chinese people and today I’m here to receive the medical team. We are grateful, this is a unique relationship. And such times tell us how close we are to each other,” the foreign minister said.
As EurAsian Times reported earlier, China has also donated hundreds of thousands of surgical masks and test kits to the Philippines and Pakistan sent teams of medics to Iran & Iraq and also extended a $500 million loan to help Sri Lanka combat the deadly virus.